Monday, August 20, 2007

State DOE Releases AYP Report

The state Department of Education has released the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress report giving preliminary status for each school in the 2007-08 school year.

In a press release Thursday, the DOE said more than 72 percent of New Jersey schools met the AYP standards. The press release and all the findings are online.

A school that fails to make adequate yearly progress gets an “early warning” and then if the school does not meet standards for two years in a row, it is placed on the “early warning hold” list. Each year without improvement results in increasing sanctions. Parents may be offered intra-district school choice or students may receive tutoring if there is no other choice. For the full list of sanctions, see the press release.

In Plainfield, the high school, middle schools and three elementary schools did not show adequate improvements. The high school and Maxson are in Year 5 status. Hubbard is among 38 schools statewide that are in Year 7, a category for which the No Child Left Behind has no provisions, but Commissioner Lucille Davy said the DOE “must continue working with these schools.” Individualized action plans will be developed.

Among the elementary schools, Dewitt D. Barlow met the AYP standards but must do so again next year to get out of Year 2 status. Cedarbrook met the standards for two years and is out of Year1 status. Clinton met the standards but is on hold in Year 3.Frederic W. Cook met the standards and is out of Year 1 status for Language Arts. Emerson met Mathematics AYP standards, but not Language Arts and is Year 1 status. Evergreen met the standards and is on hold in Year 3 status. Jefferson met Mathematics standards but not Language Arts and is on Year 3 status. Charles H. Stillman met mathematics standards but not Language Arts and remains in Year 3 status since the 2003-04 school year. Washington met both standards and is on hold in Year 2 status. Woodland met AYP standards for the second time since 2005-06 and is not in status.

There is a massive amount of detail accessible by links on the press release. Parents who have the time can learn a lot on the DOE web site. But there is more to the equation than all these findings. Each child is unique and parents are not only the first teachers, but in many ways the most important teachers. As an anarcho-parent in the 1960s, I used to tell my daughter, “You will get a good education, despite having to go to school.”

--Bernice Paglia


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